Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Renatta Nikole is an actress, singer, painter, writer...a true ARTISTE!!. She is definitely the one to watch!
See the Gifted masterpiece in action in the trailer for Becasue He Loved Me below:
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
|Photo Credit: Richard Ross of youth detained at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey|
FAMILIES UNLOCKING FUTURES
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice
Today, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Youth Justice Coalition, as a part of the national network Justice for Families, assembled on the steps of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to release a report exposing the crisis in the juvenile injustice system.
Based on over 1,000 surveys with parents and family members of incarcerated youth and 24 focus groups nationwide, Families Unlocking Futures aims to correct misperceptions about system-involved youth and their families, and demonstrates the need for families’ active participation in redesigning the youth justice system in order to secure safer and more prosperous communities.
“We know that engaging, involving and supporting families are essential strategies if we truly want court-involved youth to succeed. But the current system neither reflects nor embraces that truth,” said Bart Lubow, Director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “As a matter of public safety, justice, and simple common sense, we should re-engineer juvenile justice so that families are at the center of the work.”
Rickia Collins, a youth leader with the Youth Justice Coalition was in and out of the system from the age of 12. "The system was supposed to protect us, to teach us, to raise us. Instead, I came to fear juvenile halls and jails as places that beat me down, stole my hope and squashed my dreams. We are here today to push for real opportunities so all youth can succeed."
Maria Luisa Borrego is a parent leader with the Youth Justice Coalition. Her only son Steven Menendez was 14 when he was arrested and transferred into adult court through direct file by the District Attorney without a judicial hearing. He was sentenced to 50 to Life even though he was not accused of being the shooter, and it was his first arrest.
Borrego’s story highlights the inhumane and extreme sentencing of young people who are transferred into adult court. "The idea that Steven will spend 50 years or more in prison seems to me exactly like a
death sentence. Some days, I have thought that death might actually be less painful. The law says my son is not repairable, but I have already witnessed the good man he is becoming. This is happening despite the cold, violence and abuse he sees every day in juvenile hall and now state prison. Imagine what he could accomplish – and what all the other youth serving Life sentences in the United Sates could accomplish – if they were given that opportunity. This report is our plea that America will see our children as human beings not monsters."
Justice for Families is unique as a system-change effort led by families rather than public officials, lawyers and advocates. The perspectives of people that have been directly impacted are particularly honest and the solutions especially urgent.
Grace Bauer is Co-Director of Justice for Families. Her son Corey was abused and neglected throughout his incarceration. She emphasized, “The juvenile justice system is rife with misconceptions and stereotypes about youth and their families. Whether we are trying to do what’s best for our own child or fight for systemic reform, we as the families of these young people have been blamed, ignored, and cut out of the process. The time is now to fix this broken system.”
Today’s action was an effort to do just that. Youth and their families are demanding that the system include them in the debates and decisions impacting youth. From the initial contact youth have with police in the streets or schools, to court, and within detention and incarceration, young people and their families have a right to critique and shape the system toward one that sees the humanity of all youth and ensures a future beyond cages and coffins.
FALL CLASSES - $5 per class (Oct. 8 – Nov. 24)
No registration required - come on day of class
Drums - Marcus L. Miller
4 – 5 pm (7 – 12 years)
5 – 6 pm (13 years and up)
Drawing & Painting - Raul Baltazar
4 – 5:30 (7 – 12 years)
Keyboard - Aeros Pierce
2:30 – 3:30 pm, (Adult / Senior)
4 – 5 pm, Beginner (7 – 18 years)
5 – 6 pm, Returning Students (7 -18 years)
Early Childhood Ukulele - Daniel Corral
4 – 5 pm, Beginner (3 - 6 years)
Guitar - Daniel Corral
5 – 6 pm, Beginner (7 -18 years)
6 - 7 pm, Beginner (Adult / Senior)
Line Dance - Nawili Gray
11 am – Noon (Adult/Seniors)
Crafting Circle – Cheryl Williams
Noon – 2 pm (Adult/Seniors)
Teen Art – Raul Baltazar Noon – 2pm (13 – 19 years)
Every third Saturday Art on the Lawn - 10 – Noon (FREE All ages)
Save the Date!!!! October 6, 2012 Dragon's Flight Opening Festival
Noon - 6 pm Free
PROGRAM EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES OF DRAGON”S FLIGHT
Opening Concert & Resource Fair
Kamau Daood, Chicano Son, Marcus L. Miller World Drum Ensemble,
Rifleman, DJ Ern Medina of Soul Assassins Radio, Hosted by MC Verbs
Also presentations by grassroots organizations working on issues of
Live silk-screening by Dewey Tafoya
Saturday October 6, 2012 Noon – 6 pm FREE
STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence
A performance by Patrisse Marie Cullors
October 20, 2012 2 - 4 pm FREE
Dia De Los Muertos Art Workshop
Lead by artists Cheryl Williams and Raul Baltazar
November 3, 2012 2 – 4 pm FREE
More info TBA
November 10, 2012 2 - 4 pm FREE
Health and Wellness Fair
More info TBA
November 17, 2012 11 am - 1 pm FREE
DRAGON'S FLIGHT Exhibit October 6 – November 24, 2012
Dragon’s Flight is a six-week exhibition running from October 6
through November 24, introduced by a free one-day community arts
festival concert and celebration as the opening event on October 6
from 12 - 6 p.m. The exhibition’s theme is the transformative power of
creating art, and its ability to reclaim and re-grow personal identity
in the face of negative trauma. The artists curated into the
exhibition are specifically people who are or have been incarcerated
or in collaboration with incarcerated artists. The work exhibited is
drawn from pieces created both inside prison and on the outside.
Exhibition partners include A.D.E.L.A.N.T.E., a transition
organization founded by artist Victor Bono (whose work will be
featured in the exhibition) which is focused on healing the negative
trauma of incarceration; Sheila Pinkel (artist) and Margie Ghiz-Gillis
(of Art Release and former founder of Midnight Special Community
Bookstore), featuring a collection of artists in solitary detention at
the SHU in Pelican Bay, and the Youth Justice Coalition, a youth-led
movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los
Angeles County juvenile justice system; AK Angels, an incarcerated
women’s support group; Critical Resistance LA, a national
organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison
industrial complex and the Old Timers, a mentorship and support group
for youth and elders. The exhibition is put on in partnership with
the generous donations of local organizations, United Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Council and Mid-City Neighborhood Council.
The exhibition opening will take the form of a free one-day community
arts festival concert and celebration that will showcase musicians and
a variety of community organizations in support of the opening of
Dragon’s Flight exhibition.
Exhibit artists are Victor Bono, James “Doc” Holiday, Amanda Perez,
KUSH, Sharing Our Stiches (Women of the CIW), Katrina Amaya, Dianne
Fellman, Leonard Dixon, a multi-generational Oral History Documentary
project initiated by John Martinez and the Old Timers of Southern
California, giving cameras and mics to youth to document elders,
Sheila Pinkel, Jack L. Morris, David Earl Williams, YJC, murals by
AISE and more. Live music, community information tables from
exhibition partners and related service organizations, arts workshops
and other family-friendly activities will take place to launch the
William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 S. Westview st.
Los Angeles, ca. 90016
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
She took the video and modeling industry by storm in 2005. She made an impact on the world with her stunning beauty and amazing physic. She started out with her then paid modeling site www.buffiethebody.com.
Now, Buffie Carruth continues change lives an an empowering fitness guru. Her www.bodynomics.com has generated a wave of majority female followers who want to promote healthy living in their lives. Viewers can log onto the site and see Buffie the dynamic personal trainer demonstrate powerful workout tips and techniques.
She celebrates her 100th Youtube video by sharing who she is with the world.
Buffie gets real in this little over 52 min video and opens up about her journey. Congratulations Buffie! To many more years of continued succes!
Click on the link below.
Buffie the Body: Is My Butt Fake and Why I Left the Hip Hop Industry? « Bodynomics
Friday, September 7, 2012
Shifts the Focus to the Issues and Voting Power of Black Women at the Republican and Democratic Conventions
Campbell adds, "Black women are leaders in turning out our community; our issues should be a top priority for elected officials and we need to see Black women appointed to powerful positions."
Other participants in the DNC conversation included: Rev. Leah Daughtry, President CEO of On These Thing, LLC and Former CEO of 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee; Clayola Brown, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD; Dr. E Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; and Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights for America and co-host of the DNC round table.
Over 30 Florida leaders joined national leaders for a more intimate discussion about the continuing economic crisis, criminal justice reform, and voter suppression tactics, during RNC round table held at St. Petersburg's Center for Community and Economic Justice. In addition to the conversation, Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, provided information and tools like the 866 OUR-VOTE hotline, to help the women educate their constituents, organizations and community members in countering the rampant black voter disenfranchisement in Florida.
The lively discussion was co-convened by Salandra Benton, chair, Florida Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, president and CEO, Center for Community and Economic Justice; Gypsy Gallardo, publisher, Power Broker Magazine; and Dr. Elsie Scott, president and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Participants included: Jessica Brown, national field director, Black Youth Vote; Chloe Choney, district director for Congresswoman Kathy Castor; and Shahra Anderson, regional Director for Senator Bill Nelson.
BWR is an intergenerational women's network of the NCBCP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities and developing new leaders. For more information visit www.ncbcp.org.